Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Good Food Ireland Conference. And Awards

Good Food Ireland Conference
And Awards
Pádraig Ó’Céidigh
Didn't expect a clinical psychologist to be the star speaker at the annual Good Food Ireland conference in the Shelbourne Hotel (Dublin) yesterday. But that psychologist was Dr Maureen Gaffney and she took the room by storm as she looked at the Feel Good Factor.

Must admit I’m one of those people who just love to see a smile. Maureen says smiles “are all important”. “People are ready to co-operate with you..work on it.. smiles help to form that very important first impression. We all have bad days .. act positively especially when things are bad.” She said there is  evidence that shows that smiling even helps the smiler. “It triggers (even fools) your brain”.

And she also pointed out that a negative mood in the team leader can have a negative influence on the staff, your staff. This is a “high risk” to business. So learn to smile. Cheese!


“Get your self right..then you'll get a whole lot more right. Learn, achieve, grow. Vision is vitally important, start with your vision. Values are really important, not just accessories...There is evidence that people driven by a higher set of values do better.”
Maureen Gaffney (left) and Xanthe Clay
Set challenges, she urged. “Keep learning, growing, have projects, invest time and effort in them. And connect! Not just on digital platforms but also in the real world, family, friends, clubmates. These real connections will provide “personal experience and insight, contextual information, personal recommendations”.

So get social,and get connected, she urged. And she ended with a reminder about that smile. “Nurture your optimism!”


Xanthe Clay, author and journalist, spoke on the fickle British market, especially the fickle press. One day they headline that coffee is good for you, a week later they say it is bad for you. She urged irish producers to give value for money and highlighted the importance of trust (especially after the rocky year that saw the horse meat scandal gallop across the headlines). “Be open, she said. “Show people what you do. If you do add an additive to your food, list it, explain it.” Much better than your customers ambushed by the news in the press later on.

Asked what were the outstanding Irish qualities, she didn't hesitate: “Tradition, warmth, quality. These never go out of fashion.”

Coming into fashion is Origin Green, Bord Bia’s new programme to enhance and promote sustainability and explained on stage by Una Fitzgibbon. This was quite a sombre presentation, no jokes here. Great to see producers such as the Apple Farm’s Con Traas and Stonewell Cider’s Daniel Emerson being very enthusiastic about it on a short film. “This is a big deal,”said conference chair Darragh McCullough. “Only going to get bigger.”


Margot Slattery of Sodexo started with some very impressive numbers: purchases of some 18 million euro in Ireland every year. 420,000 employees worldwide and growing. “We stand for sustainability and fresh food” as client companies are looking for healthy weight and healthy life for their employees. Sodexo run gyms, even detox programmes.
Siobhain from Kalbo's and Yours Truly
Margot said they feed 50,000 a day in ireland. “Not frozen food, these are cooked, from scratch, on a daily basis.”

Just before a break for lunch, there was a panel discussion on Digital Marketing and two bits of advice emerged, at least two that I noted. Check out the recent changes in YouTube as they make it more interesting to business. And also have a look at Vine for short video promotions.


If Maureen Gaffney was the morning star then Pádraig Ó’Céidigh caught the attention in the afternoon. The founder of Aer Arann took us on a flight. He started in the Comfort Zone, then challenged us to enter the Stretch Zone before warning us about the perils of the Danger Zone (here, you can damage yourself, he reported, from experience).
Kevin and Réidín from Sage
Citing the small beginnings of what is now the Kerry group in 1972 and the choice made by Clonakilty Black Pudding’s Colette Twomey to run the company after the death of her husband as examples of leaving the comfort zone.

And Padraig is optimistic right now. “This is a great time to be an entrepreneur. There is great optimism out there, great opportunities. Time to leave the comfort zone.”


“There have never been such a demand for good quality food. Be solid on your own two feet, use what’s between your ears. No reason why we can't have another Kerry.”
The world will go on with you or without you. Make sure it’s with you. Believe it and go for it. Never forget your roots and use that little bit of Gaeilge!”

An afternoon panel discussion on our food future produced some interesting points. Martin Shanahan thought too much of our fish is being exported. Country Choice’s Peter Ward urged the industry to be creative, to re-invent our own Irish produce. Chapter One’s Ross Lewis says he sees confidence building in young Irish chefs, “not necessarily mimicking foreign chefs.The industry has changed more in the last three years than in the previous thirty.”


Minister for Tourism Alan Varadkar launched the Good Food Ireland prepaid MasterCard, a food travel passport for visitors to the county’s producers, shops and restaurants and said he was encouraged by progress in tourism numbers this year and employment growth in the industry. He lauded the “great decision” by government colleagues to retain the 9% VAT and acknowledged that lobbying had had its effect and confirmed that there were no plans to increase the rate in the future. We are very much in recovery mode.”
The delegates assembled in the same room for a cracking dinner in the evening. Skeaghanore Duck and Clare Island salmon were the centrepieces, all washed down by superb wines from Classic Drinks.

The awards were announced as the desserts were being served and the large Cork contingent had plenty to cheer about with Midleton's Sage Restaurant, URRU Culinary Store in Bandon, MIlleens Cheese, Kalbo’s Cafe in Skibbereen and Kinsale’s Fishy Fishy all winning their categories.

One of the loudest cheers of the night went to Ballymaloe’s Rory O'Connell who was declared Ambassador of the Year, mainly for his part in feeding, at short notice, 10,000 delegates at the recent Web Summit. Mount Juliet won three awards including the Supreme Award and Restaurant of the Year Award.


All the awards were presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny who smilingly indicated there were three women he must listen to: Mrs Kenny, Angela Merkel and Margaret Jeffares (the dynamo behind Good Food Ireland).







Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last night's Food Oscar winners

Garreth Byrne & Brid Hannon

Ross & Jessica Lewis

Last night's Food Oscars


Chapter One has scooped the Best Restaurant Award and Garrett Byrne, Head Chef at Campagne Restaurant in Kilkenny, has been crowned Best Chef in Ireland at the Santa Rita Irish Restaurant Awards 2012 which took place last night in the Burlington Hotel (Monday 14th May 2012).

Almost 700 industry peers attended Ireland’s leading Restaurant Awards where regional and
All-Ireland winners were announced in the following categories:


  • Chapter One (Dublin) Best Restaurant 2012 Sponsored by Santa Rita
  • Garrett Byrne for Campagne (Kilkenny) Best Chef 2012 Sponsored by Tipperary Water
  • The Long Room @ Doonbeg (Clare) Best Hotel Restaurant 2012 Sponsored By Pallas Foods
  • The Chop House (Dublin) Best Gastro Pub 2012 Sponsored by Faustino
  • O’Connells (Dublin) Best Casual Dining 2012 Sponsored By Joseph Drouhin
  • Harveys Point Hotel (Donegal) Best Customer Service 2012 Sponsored by Miele
  • West @ The Twelve Hotel (Galway) Best Wine Experience 2012 Sponsored by Thomas Barton
  • Ely Gastro Pub (Dublin) Best Kids Size Me Menu 2012 Sponsored by Heinz
  • Comeragh Mountain Lamb (Waterford) Local Food Hero 2012 Sponsored by Life Magazine

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Les Gourmandises the big winners at Munster Restaurants Awards


Top Restaurants in Munster Announced at Santa Rita Irish Restaurants Awards

The Munster Regional Final for the Restaurant Awards 2012 sponsored by Santa Rita / Sunday Independent Life Magazine took place in The Imperial Hotel, Tuesday 3rd April 2012.
Speaking at the awards last night, Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said
Since their inception, the Irish Restaurant Awards have cast a spotlight on Ireland’s hottest restaurants and chefs. They have become a byword for quality, class and achievement… The awards everyone wants to win. As a testament to their success, the entries have doubled since last year, with 5,000 nominations made for Ireland’sfavourite Restaurants, Chefs, Gastro Pubs, Hotel Restaurants and Local Food Heroes throughout the Country.
We celebrate the award winning cuisines and the great restaurateurs and chefs who have brought international recognition and accolades to the Irish restaurant scene.  We are the economic engine rooms in every town in Ireland, creating and maintaining much needed local employment.  Our industry has annual sales in excess of €2 billion and we employ 64,000 people.  In fact, we are the largest employer within the Irish Tourism Sector. And tonight, everyone is a winner’.
It was great to see  over 240 restaurateurs attend  the awards in the Ulster region this year., we look forward to seeing all of the Ulster County Winners in Dublin on the 14thMay 2012 where Regional and All Ireland winners will be announced’.
Nominations for the awards were made by readers of the Sunday Independent Life Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. All nominees are then assessed by Regional Judging panels, made up of Industry experts across the region.  Votes from the Consumer, Members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Regional Judges are independently assessed by KPMG who give us our County Winner in each category.

All County winners will now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Burlington Hotel Dublin on Wednesday 14th May 2012.www.irishrestaurantawards.com . 
There are 3 components to phase two of the process. Each element is independently assessed by KPMG.
1. Mystery Guest Visit (35%) This component of the awards is conducted by Prism Consulting headed by Hugo Arnold, independent food writer and consultant. (http://www.hugoarnold.com). All County Winners receive a mystery guest visit throughout the month of April.
2. National Awards Academy (55%) Our National Awards Academy is made up representatives from each of the regional judging panels and will meet in May to Judge the County Winners.
3. Menu Judging (10%) All County winners and the Dublin Shortlist in each category are asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging.



COUNTYCUSTOMER   SERVICE 
CLARETOWN HALL   BISTRO 
WATERFORDATHENAEUM   HOUSE 
TIPPERARYTHE FAIRWAYS   BAR 
LIMERICKTHE MUSTARD   SEED 
KERRYJACKS   COASTGUARD STATION 
CORKISAACS   RESTAURANT 
   
COUNTYGASTROPUB -   SPONSORED BY FAUSTINO 
CLARETHE ROADSIDE   TAVERN 
WATERFORDJACK MEADES 
TIPPERARYLARKINS 
LIMERICKTHE LOCK BAR 
KERRYSPILLANES BAR 
CORKTHE WOODFORD 
   
COUNTYCASUAL DINING   - SPONSORED JOSEPH DROUHIN 
CLAREL'ARCO 
WATERFORDMCLEARY'S 
TIPPERARYCAFE HANS 
LIMERICKLA CUCINA 
KERRYSOL Y SOMBRA 
CORKNASH 19 
   
   
   
   
COUNTYHOTEL   RESTAURANT 
CLARETHE LONG ROOM   @ THE LODGE DOONBEG 
CORKLONGUEVILLE   HOUSE 
KERRYCELLAR ONE   RESTAURANT @ THE ROSS HOTEL 
LIMERICKTHE OAKROOM   RESTAURANT @ ADARE MANOR 
TIPPERARYTHE OLD   CONVENT 
WATERFORDTHE MUNSTER   ROOM@ WATERFORD CASTLE 
   
COUNTYBEST CHEF -   SPONSORED BY TIPPERARY WATER 
CLAREWADE MURPHYTHE LODGE AT   DOONBEG
CORKPAT KIELYLES   GOURMANDISES
KERRYNOEL ENRIGHTTHE CHART   HOUSE
LIMERICKMARK DONOHUEADARE MANOR
TIPPERARYDERMOT GANNON  THE OLD   CONVENT
WATERFORDMICHAEL QUINNWATERFORD   CASTLE
   
COUNTYRESTAURANT-   SPONSORED BY SANTA RITA 
CLARETHE WILD   HONEY INN 
CORKLES   GOURMANDISES 
KERRYCHAPTER 40   RESTAURANT 
LIMERICKCORNSTORE   RESTAURANT 
TIPPERARYBROCKA ON THE   WATER 
WATERFORDO'BRIEN CHOP   HOUSE 
   
MUNSTER WINE   EXPERIENCEHAYFILED   MANOR, CO. CORK 
MUNSTER KIDS   SIZE METHE STONE   CUTTERS KITCHEN, CO. CLARE 
   

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top Restaurants in Ulster



Top Restaurants in Ulster Announced at Santa Rita Irish Restaurants Awards

The Ulster Regional Final for the Restaurant Awards 2012 sponsored by Santa Rita / Sunday Independent Life Magazine took place in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast Tuesday 27th March 2012.



CUSTOMER SERVICE
  
 ANTRIMBERTS JAZZ BAR@ THE   MERCHANT HOTEL
 ARMAGHPOT BELLY RESTAURANT
 CAVANMAC NEAN HOUSE &   RESTAURANT
 DERRYCITY HOTEL
 DONEGALHARVEYS POINT HOTEL
 DOWNCULLODON HOTEL
 FERMANAGHDOLLAKIS
 MONAGHANSNAFFLES   BRASSERIE@ CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEOYSTERS
GASTRO PUB  
SPONSORED BY FAUSTINOANTRIMTHE MORNING   STAR
 ARMAGHDIGBYS
 CAVANTHE   BLACKHORSE INN
 DERRYBADGERS BAR
 DONEGALHARRYS BAR
 DOWNCURRANS BAR
 FERMANAGHCUSTOMS  HOUSE
 MONAGHANANDY'S BAR
 TYRONETHE BREWERS   HOUSE
CASUAL DINING SPONSORED   BY JOSEPH DROUHIN  
 ANTRIMIL PIRATA
 ARMAGHZIO RESTAURANT
 CAVANPOL O D'S
 DERRYFLAMING JACKS
 DONEGALTHE HARBOUR
 DOWNSTRUDLE BISTRO
 FERMANAGHDOLLAKIS
 MONAGHANCONORS BAR@   CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEDELI ON THE GREEN
WINE EXPERIENCE  ULSTER SPONSORED BY THOMAS BARTON

 HARVEYS POINT CO. DONEGAL  
   

KIDS SIZE ME  ULSTER SPONSORED BY HEINZ

 THE OLD CASTLE BAR& REDHUGH RESTAURANT  
   
HOTEL RESTAURANT  
 ANTRIMRIVER ROOM RESTAURANT @   GALGORM RESORT & SPA
 ARMAGHNEWFORGE COUNTRY HOUSE
 CAVANSETANTA RESTAURANT@ THE   SLIEVE RUSSELL
 DERRYARDMORE RESTAURANT@ BEECH   HILL COUNTRY HOUSE
 DONEGALTHE WEEPING ELM   RESTAURANT @RATHMULLAN HOUSE
 DOWNPORTAFERRY   HOTEL
 FERMANAGHTHE CATALINA RESTAURANT@   LOUGH ERNE RESORT
 MONAGHANTHE   RESTAURANT@ NUREMORE HOTEL
 TYRONETHE KITCHEN   RESTAURANT@ TULLYLAGAN COUNTRY HOUSE
   
CHEF SPONSORED BY   TIPPERARY WATER  
 ANTRIMDAMIAN TUMILTY, CAFE   VAUDEVILLE
 ARMAGHDEAN COPPARD , ULURU
 CAVANGEAROID LYNCH, THE OLDE   POST INN
 DERRYIAN OAR, BROWNS   RESTAURANT & CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE
 DONEGALKELAN MC MICHAEL,THE   WEEPING ELM@ RATHMULLAN HOUSE
 DOWNJOERY CASTEL, THE BOAT   HOUSE
 FERMANAGHNOEL MCMEEL , LOUGH ERNE   RESORT
 MONAGHANANDREW BRADLEY, SNAFFLES   RESTAURANT@CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEHAYDEN   GAMBLE, VANILLA
   
RESTAURANT SPONSORED BY   SANTA RITA  
 ANTRIMJAMES ST   SOUTH
 ARMAGHULURU
 CAVANMC NEAN HOUSE   & RESTAURANT
 DERRYBROWNS   RESTAURANT & CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE
 DONEGALTHE MILL   RESTAURANT
 DOWNTHE BOATHOUSE
 FERMANAGHWATERMILL   RESTAURANT
 MONAGHANSNAFFLES   RESTAURANT@ CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEVANILLA
   
  
   
   

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT ADRIAN CUMMINS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, RAI,             086 8263311      .